Summary: This Sermon deals with the issue of self induced suffering, and God’s forgiveness toward His people.
Suffering Series #1
“BE CAREFUL HOW YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT”
PASTOR BENJAIMIN T. HAILEY SR
Union Baptist Church of Allentown
“Be Careful How You Get What You Want” – II Kings 5:15-27
Introduction: The person of God must develop a healthy understanding that the process of “becoming” is a process that cannot be completed alone. All of us must come to grips with the fact that God was, is, and shall ever be a relational God. In the process of spiritual growth, there is the rule of relationship. One cannot become without another’s assistance. It is evidenced most clearly upon our entrance into this world. Without the nurturing, compassion, concern, cooperation, and care of a parent, or guardian, no child would grow to become an adult. There is a law of relationship that leads to development. It is the same in the Body of Christ. It is a Body. It is not a group that merely consists of individuals, but it is a collective Body. Therefore when the hands operate, the Body is in operation. When the eyes are functioning, the entire Body is functioning. Where the feet go, the whole Body also goes. The theme of relationship, and unity bode throughout the Scriptures, to remind us that we are not just Christians. For to be a Christian is to be an individual, but we are members of the Body of Christ. A Body that is to be synchronized in its movement, thought, and activity… But the problem is that we still are individuals, with our own thought processes, with our own idiosyncrasies, and with our own desires, and our own methods of living life.
The issue before us this morning that I wish to raise through this text is that within this Body of Christ, and the community of faith lies an undercurrent that will cause us to falter in our faith if we are not careful. In this era of dispensation that we are a part, there is a tendency in the Body to develop a misconception about Body life. That misconception is that members of the Body of Christ are not supposed to suffer, and that our great God is going to allow us to meander through this life carefree and comfortable regardless of our behavior. The Devil is a liar! We must begin to recognize first of all that suffering is a part of Body life. Now, we need to know that there are many different types of suffering that are just as diverse in terms of their causation. For the simple navigation of the vicissitudes of life will sometimes cause us to suffer. The loss of a treasured and trusted friend or love one will cause us to suffer. The loss of a relationship will surely sadden us. The experience of an unexpected and extreme encounter with nature has caused millions to suffer since the catastrophe of Katrina last year. But this morning, I want to focus on a more common cause of commotion, and calamity in our lives. And that is self-induced, or self inflicted suffering because of selfishly directed action.
You see, because the fact is that much of the mess that we must manage materializes because of our inability to become submitted to The Master. Now, if you’ll just give me a few minutes to peruse this passage, I wish to point out some problems that we prayerfully can avoid, and thus preclude some of the suffering in our lives.